The Top 3 Health Hazards Lurking in Your Carpets and What You Can Do About Them
5 February 2018 | (No Comments)

The warmth and coziness that carpets bring to the home are unmatched by any other type of flooring. However, carpets can pose a number of different health hazards with potentially harmful repercussions. Here are the top 3 most common and potent health hazards lurking in your carpets and what you can do about them:

Toxic Chemicals

The most common health hazard associated with carpets is the sheer amount of chemicals involved not just in the manufacture, but also installation and maintenance of carpets. Most carpets are chemically treated to obtain the desired look and finish at the processing stage, which means that they are already a hotbed of pollutants even before they arrive at your house. The installation of the carpets is another stage where chemicals are released into the environment, as the laying out of the carpet requires the usage of chemical-based adhesives. And finally, maintaining the quality of the carpets requires homeowners to regularly make use of highly toxic chemical-based formulations. All of this, in turn, affects the quality of the indoor air, which means that many homeowners can start to feel sick even shortly after installing a brand new carpet.

Dust Mites, Bacteria, and Allergens

Carpets can be a veritable breeding ground of dust mites, viruses, bacteria, and allergens, naked to the invisible eye and yet fully capable of making carpet owners sick, especially when the carpets are not cleaned regularly. Home occupants with asthma and respiratory infections particularly are vulnerable to this group of health hazards. Bacteria have largely become increasingly aggressive over centuries and a large number of them can be quite resistant to the current crop of antibiotics.

Environmental Pollutants

Environmental pollutants are easily absorbed into carpets posing any number of health risks to homeowners. Cigarette smoke, sweat, dead skin cells, odor masking sprays, room sprays, food and drink particles, pet and toddler wastes are some typical environmental pollutants that damage, not just the carpet but also the air present in homes.

Tips to Overcome the Top 3 Health Hazards Lurking in Your Carpet

  1. Wherever possible, purchase only natural untreated carpet material
  2. Not all carpets are made equal. Be knowledgeable about the unique maintenance procedures required for the upkeep of your specific carpet type.
  3. Use carpets and rugs in the entryways to keep dust and dirt off your carpet.
  4. Use water absorbent mats outside your kitchen and bathroom areas.
  5. Vacuum at least a minimum of once a week, but increase the frequency if the carpet is subject to wear and tear or you have children or dogs in the home.
  6. Use environmentally friendly non-toxic cleaning solutions like the ones we use at ekoserve
  7. Do not allow moisture to seep into carpets as moist carpets are an ideal breeding ground for many different types of harmful viruses and bacteria
  8. Clean up food and drink and another organic spillage

Use professional cleaning services at least a minimum of once a year. Doing it as often as possible, however, is more ideal.

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